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Health promotion & community engagement

NHS Barnet Talking Therapies groups are developed to help you manage specific difficulties. They provide a safe learning environment and a chance to learn skills and techniques alongside others.

 

Being in a group can help normalise the issues you may be facing and support you in putting into practice the tools and techniques learnedEach week there will be tasks to complete between sessions to help you discover what works well for you.  

 

How many people will there be?   

You can expect between 10-20 people to be there. Everyone will be asked to respect the group rules and confidentiality.  

  

Will I have to talk?    

No, not if you don’t want to. Participation is encouraged to help you get the most out of the session, but we keep the discussions based on the topic rather than personal experience. You will never be put on the spot to contribute and if you do not wish to take part in group discussions that is ok, and you will not be forced to contribute.  

  

How can I access a group?  

If you like the sound of one of our groups, please mention this to your therapist during your triage appointment.  

Stress and Worry Group

Duration: 6 weeks, 1.5 hours per week, held online via teams  

This course is suitable for individuals whose main difficulty is stress. Whilst we cannot change the stressful situations you may be in, this course will teach you helpful coping strategies to manage stress and the difficulties that often come with it (low mood, worry, and anxiety).    

  

This course will help you: 

  • Understand what stress is and how it may be impacting you.    
  • Identify unhelpful behaviours and thoughts.  
  • Gain a toolkit to help you address and overcome unhelpful behaviours and thoughts.    
  • Understand and find effective ways to manage your emotions.    

 

Perinatal Mums Group

Duration: 6 weeks, 1.5 hours per week, held online via teams  

 

Our Perinatal Mum’s Group is suitable for mums with a child under 2, who experience symptoms of distress, low mood and anxiety.  

 

It is a relaxed and supportive learning environment, where you can connect with other mums, talk about your experiences of early motherhood, and develop skills and strategies to help deal with the challenges you are facing.  

 

This course will:  

  • Help to challenge some unhelpful expectations of motherhood in a non-judgmental and supportive environment.  
  • Help to identify certain behaviours, thinking patterns and situations that may be contributing to your low mood or anxiety.  
  • Give you the chance to learn skills to change them and help develop self-compassion.  

Community Outreach Workshops

We are currently offering free workshops to local organisations on different aspects of wellbeing. This would involve two of our therapists coming to you to facilitate a workshop to your staff or the people you support. These workshops can be delivered in-person or virtually and can be booked at a time that is most suited to you.  

 

We run a wide range of outreach workshops, tailoring each workshop to suit the needs of our audience. Past outreach workshops have included:  

  • Introduction to Barnet NHS Talking Therapies  
  • Mental health awareness   
  • Achieving good life balance to improve mood  
  • Sleep hygiene  
  • When your worries get in the way  
  • Stress and relaxation   
  • Coping with Long Term Health Conditions  

  

All of our workshops are designed to teach people how to notice signs and symptoms of difficulty in these areas, and what they can do to manage these symptoms more effectively. They are primarily based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, the approach recommended by NICE guidelines and proven to be highly effective. They are typically 1 hour long.  

  

How can these workshops benefit your service?   

One of our aims as a service is to help people help themselves before the first signs and symptoms of mental health deteriorate. These workshops are aimed at educating everyone in ways to look after their mental wellbeing in the same way we are educated to know how to look after our physical health. We hope the workshops will help reduce stigma, encourage people to talk about their mental health openly and advise them of next steps should they require further mental health support.   

 

If you would like to know more, please email beh-tr.barnettalkingtherapies@nhs.net for further information. 

Free Wellbeing Webinars

Register to our online webinars!

The Talking Therapies team are running a series of webinars to support you with a range of wellbeing and emotional health issues.

 

A Webinar is a presentation delivered live over the internet that is composed of images (e.g presentation slides, video etc) with one presenter or more talking through the material. To view a webinar you will require a desktop computer/laptop/tablet/mobile phone which is connected to the internet and has sound enabled.

 

You will not use a video camera or microphone to interact at any time. There may be specific methods of interaction used by your presenter which are optional and anonymous, but there will be no conversation or interaction between the audience.

 

You can watch all of the webinars on a computer, laptop or your mobile phone. The webinars will take the form of presentations with slides. You only need to watch and listen. No-one will be able to see you.

 

Sign up here!

 

List of current workshops:

 

Relaxation skills – 30/04/2024, 6:30pm-7:15pm

This is an introduction to the topic of relaxation including practical relaxation exercises, guided by the facilitator, so participants can experience varying methods of relaxation.

 

Sign up here!

 

Living well with Diabetes webinar series:

Living with Diabetes can come with many different challenges, both physical and mental. This webinar series explores the relationship between physical and mental health when living with Diabetes. It introduces Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and explains from a CBT perspective how emotional wellbeing can be impacted when living with Diabetes. The webinar presents different initial coping strategies based on CBT that can be used to improve emotional wellbeing when living with Diabetes.

 

Diabetes and Low Mood – 02/05/2024, 12:30pm-1:15pm

Diabetes and Anxiety – 09/05/2024, 12:30pm-1:15pm

 

Sign up here!

 

 

Understanding menopause + low mood – 07/05/2024, 18:30pm-7:15pm

 

The session will provide you with practical strategies to navigate low mood and the other mental and physical aspects of the menopause. Discover effective coping mechanisms, self-care practices, and empowerment tools to support you to maintain a balance during this period.

 

Sign up here!

 

How to tackle sleep – 10/05/2024 – 12:30pm-13:15pm

Good sleep habits (sometimes referred to as “sleep hygiene”) can help you get a good night’s sleep.

This workshop’s aim is to explore your sleep problems by looking at unhealthy and healthy patterns, and getting a better understanding of what constitutes poor sleep and you could do to improve this.

This will include techniques on how to deal with a racing mind, monitoring your sleep and a number of tips for improving your chances of a refreshing night’s sleep.

 

Sign up here!

 

Managing workplace stress – 15/05/2024, 12:30pm-13:15pm

Stress can be helpful in some situations, however too much can affect our mental wellbeing. Learn skills and techniques to keep your stress under control.

 

Sign up here!

 

Understanding menopause + anxiety – 22/05/2024, 12pm-12:45pm

 

The session will provide you with practical strategies to navigate anxiety and the other mental and physical aspects of the menopause. Discover effective coping mechanisms, self-care practices, and empowerment tools to support you to maintain a balance during this period.

 

Sign up here!

 

Mindfulness drop in – 02/07/2024, 15:00-15:45pm

Join us as we explore the essence of mindfulness and its profound impact on mental well-being.

This enlightening session will guide you through the fundamental principles of mindfulness, teaching you practical techniques to develop present moment awareness and reduce stress or slow a racing mind.

Discover how mindfulness can enhance focus, improve emotional resilience, and give you a greater sense of clarity and calm in your daily life

 

Sign up here!

 

 

Further information:

A Webinar is a presentation delivered live over the internet that is composed of images (e.g presentation slides, video etc) with one presenter or more talking through the material. To view a webinar you will require a desktop computer/laptop/tablet/mobile phone which is connected to the internet and has sound enabled.

 

You will not use a video camera or microphone to interact at any time. There may be specific methods of interaction used by your presenter which are optional and anonymous, but there will be no conversation or interaction between the audience.

 

Following registration for a webinar via our online webform, you will be emailed a link to the webinar with a ‘Join Meeting’ button which you need to click on before the start time.

 

If you are unable to attend the webinar live, please ensure you tick the recorded option on the webform. We will send you a recording of the webinar afterwards so you can view this in your own time.

 

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